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Standing To Return?

No, this isn't a party political broadcast by the Conservative's, but party leader David Cameron has revealed he could welcome the return of safe standing at football grounds.

Currently, football clubs in the top two divisions in England are legally required to have all-seater stadia following the dreadful events at Hillsborough between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989 in which more than 90 fans lost their lives.

But Cameron insisted a Tory government would launch a review in to the current regulations following the successful organisation of safe standing areas in other countries in Europe - notably in Germany.

Speaking on his website, Cameron said: 'Obviously the first priority here has got to be safety after the dreadful events at Hillsborough. We really have to bear that in mind.

'But I understand the point that other countries manage to organise things in a slightly different way, and there may be some more modern ways of organising the limited seating areas.'

An early-day motion from Mike Hancock (Lib Dem member for Portsmouth South) has already seen more than 100 MPs back his call to the Government to 're-examine the case for limited sections of safe standing areas'.

But Sheffield-born Sports minister Richard Caborn has already expressed his opposition to reintroducing terraces.

And Cameron added: 'What I would say is that when we come into government I would ask the sports minister to review the existing regulations to take into account the views of the football authorities, the police, the clubs, the fans, and we will have a really good look at this.'




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 3 2007

Time: 12:08PM

Your Comments

I don't think that it should be reviewed at all, what happened at Hillsborough back in 1989 could have been avoided if it had been an all seated stadium. I know there were other factors but it could have been avoided. I'm sure the families of the 90 that lost there lives would not agree with the idea of reviewing the situation.
Owlsmad
It would be good to have certain areas of standing but I dont think it will ever happen.
_natalie_
What happened in 1989 was down to drunk Scousers turning up late without tickets. Standing at football should be allowed, the best away games are always lower league cup matches when you can still stand
haxeyowl
 

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